It still takes time to go through everything, but when I realized how many good songs weren't in circulation, it was worth it.
In my experience, there are certain rules that will make a smart playlist fail to update dynamically when on an i Pod.
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I named mine "Clearing the baffles" (I know, I'm a geek) The set up is this: Must follow ALL rules ~Playlist is not "House Mix" ~Playlist is not "Supercheesy 90s" ~(repeat until you've covered all the playlists you load onto your i Pod) ~Playlist is not "DO NOT LOAD" ~Rating is not one star ~Limit to 100 songs by most played ~Live updating This shows me every song, starting with the ones I've listened to most, that are not going to be loaded onto my i Pod.
I can check 'em out and see if they belong on one of my source playlists (which a smart playlists draws from when live updating).
Because of this issue, I avoid the Podcast and Playlist rules entirely now, and while I use the Album Rating rule I do so knowing that the playlist it creates won't live update on the i Pod and will only get updated when I sync back to i Tunes. Album rating may be calculated by itunes and not the ipod (since itunes has the whole album and maybe your ipod doesn't?
) But I see no reason why podcast would mess anything up. My grand syncing scheme was to set up smart playlists like this on several REALLY large playlists: Playlist is X Limit to 100 songs The thing is, X has like 8 GB of music in it, as does Y, Z, A, and B.
Is there a complete (or mostly complete) list of what conditions do this?
From what I've experienced, these break live updating on i Pod smart playlists: *Podcast is stars My speculation is that the Playlist and Album Rating rules break live updating because the i Pod doesn't do the complex calculations that those require.
For example, if your Smart Playlist contains only songs rated 5 stars, whenever you rate a new song 5 stars it can be added to the playlist automatically.
After clicking OK, i Tunes creates the Smart Playlist according to your rules virtually instantaneously. At this point, there are a number of things you can do: Name the Playlist When the playlist is first created, it doesn't have a name, but the title is highlighted.
Simply add *'s to your search with or without other keywords. This makes it possible to find songs by the Beatles with three stars without having to resort to a Smart Playlist. To get the most out of smart playlists, you really need to have complete tag information.
Some of my favorite third-party tools are: i Eat Brainz - This free program examines songs in your library and then creates an auditory fingerprint of the sound of each song to match it with the correct information maintained in the Music Brainz Database.
Allowing the playlist to update live interrupts playback whenever you rate a track you are listening to.